Community Research

Current MA options include: MA Community Research + Journalism, School of English, Irish and Communication, MA Community Research + Development, Department of Politics and Public Administration or MA Community Research + Sociology, Department of Sociology.

Students taking the MA in Community Research+ may take either of two pathways; MA in Community Research + Journalism or MA Community Research + Development.

Key Fact:
In this MA programme you will be working with community partners on real life projects in interdisciplinary, diverse teams.

Subjects taught

MA Community Research + Development
Students will learn about developmental institutions and supports at national and international level, taking Graduate Seminars in Development and in Peace building. Elective options include modules in: Institutions and policies of the EU; International Cooperation and Conflict; Collaborative Governance and Leadership.

Programme Content: MA in Community Research + Development
Autumn Semester
• Graduate Seminar in Development
• Institutions & Politics of the EU
• Public Administration Theory & Practice
• Engaged Research Design

Spring Semester
• Graduate Seminar in Peach Building
• Graduate Seminar in International Cooperation & Conflict
• Collaborative Governance & Leadership
• Engaged Research Delivery

Summer Semester
• Large-scale student led piece of work e.g. dissertation, portfolio of work
• Engaged Research Evaluation

MA Community Research + Journalism
Students will to learn vital professional skills including: news and feature writing; broadcasting; multimedia journalism; interviewing; investigative reporting and research methods. The application of these skills across print, broadcast and multimedia journalism is a major part of the course.

Programme Content MA in Community Research + Journalism
Autumn Semester
• Journalistic Writing for News
• Professional Skills for Journalism (produce website & print newspaper the Limerick Voice)
• Engaged Research Design

Spring Semester
• Investigating current Issues in Irish Journalism
• Broadcasting & Multi-Media Journalism
• News & Features
• Researching Media
• Engaged Research Delivery

Summer Semester
• Large-scale student led piece of work; e.g. dissertation, portfolio of work
• Engaged Research Evaluation

Programme Content MA in Community Research + Sociology
Autumn Semester
• Choose two modules from:
— The Sociology of Youth and Community
— Practitioner-led workshops on Youth and Community Development management — Urban Sociology and Stratification of place
• Engaged Research Design

Spring Semester
• Take the following two modules:
— Youth Crime
— The Sociology of regeneration: theory, policy and practice
• UP5102 Engaged Research Delivery

Summer Semester
Following the two taught semesters in Autumn and Spring, during the summer students must complete an individual research project in the form of a written dissertation for submission at the end of August.
• Engaged Research Evaluation

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a first or second class level 8 honours degree (NFQ or other internationally recognised equivalent) in a relevant or appropriate subject, or equivalent prior learning that is recognised by the University as meeting this requirement. The University reserves the right to short-list and interview applicants as deemed necessary.

Application dates

How to apply:
1. Choose your programme.
2. Check closing date for the programme.
3. Apply online at
4. Have your supporting documentation ready to upload.
5. Pay the application fee (€35 online / €40 bank draft or cheque).
6. Submit your application.

What to Upload with your Application:
Qualification transcripts and certificates

English language qualification(s) if English is not your first language

Certified English translation of your transcripts/certificates where the original transcripts are in a language other than English

A copy of your Birth Certificate (long document)

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
• English language competency certificate


1 year full-time.

More details
  • Qualification letters


  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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